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Tom Snyder

Born: 1936 AD
Died: 2007 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: TV Host

1936 – Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 12th of May.


         – He graduated from Marquette University High School.

1970 – He was a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WNBC-TV in New York City and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.


1973-1982 – Snyder gained national fame as the host of "Tomorrow with Tom Snyder". It was a talk show unlike the usual late-night fare, with Snyder alternating between asking hard-hitting questions without pulling punches, and offering personal observations that made the interview closer to a conversation.


         – Peak moments with Snyder on Tomorrow included John Lennon’s final televised interview, in April 1975 (replayed in December 1980 as a tribute to Lennon and later released on home video), Paul and Linda McCartney were on in 1979 and U2s first American television appearance in June 1981.


1983-1989 – An older, slightly more mellow Tom returned to virtually the same format on ABC Radio.


         – The television on CNBC in the early ’90s, adding the opportunity for viewers to call in with their own questions for his guests. Snyder nicknamed his show "The Colorcast," reviving an old promotional term NBC-TV used in the early 1960s to hype its color broadcasts. Meanwhile, Letterman had moved on to CBS and was given control of creating a new program to follow his at 12:35 am.


1995 – Letterman-who had idolized Snyder for years – hired Snyder as host of "The Late Late Show". (The idea had actually begun as a running joke on Letterman’s show, that Snyder would soon follow him on the air as he’d once followed Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show"; the unlikely suggestion caught on.) This show aired live on the East Coast and was simulcast to other time zones on radio to allow everyone a chance to call in. (Snyder’s CNBC show was taken over, largely unchanged in format, by Charles Grodin.)


1999 – Snyder left "The Late Late Show".


2006 – In June, Tom sold his Benedict Canyon home of almost 30 years and headed to Tiburon, in Northern California, where he has a second home. Snyder sold the Benedict Canyon house for $1.7 million. It had four bedrooms and four bathrooms in nearly 3,000 square feet. The home, built in 1951, also had a pool and canyon views.